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Knoxville Entrepreneur Center is a business accelerator located in Market Square built to serve as the front door for entrepreneurs in East Tennessee.

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KEC helps entrepreneurs in Knoxville start and grow successful businesses. If you’re an entrepreneur looking for advice, guidance or assistance on how to move forward, we want to know you.


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KEC’s Mission:

To build a community where entrepreneurs have access to the capital, customers, and talent they need to be successful.

Upcoming Events


28jan5:00 pm- 7:00 pmA Conversation with Knoxville's Inc. 5000 Companies


5feb11:30 am- 1:00 pmGoogle Analytics Course with Frank Ramey
11feb9:00 am- 10:30 amWomen in Entrepreneurship Coffee


1mar6:00 pm- 9:00 pmWhat's The Big Idea? Finale + Pitch Competition
10mar9:00 am- 10:30 amWomen in Entrepreneurship Coffee
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From Our Blog:

Red Stag Fulfillment Laying Deeper Roots in Knoxville with Fulfillment Center Expansion- Red Stag Fulfillment was founded by two successful entrepreneurs who vowed to give ecommerce businesses the enterprise-level fulfillment solution they wished they’d had for their businesses from the beginning.   ...
LitUp Teen Literature Fest is Taking Over Downtown Knoxville!- On Sunday October 13th Knox County Public Library’s LitUp Festival will be taking over downtown Knoxville! All day long there will be free activities that explore creativity and thinking for teens ages...
2019 What’s The Big Idea?! 48-Hour Launch- What’s The Big Idea?! 48-Hour Launch Hear about KEC’s annual competition straight from previous contestants and mentors.   KEC talked with previous WTBI contestant, Samantha Lane of Origami Day, and...
December Mentor Spotlight: Cliff Caudill- Everyone meet Cliff Caudill! Cliff has extensive experience in product development for John Deere and currently serves in a dual capacity as a KEC and SCORE Mentor. Check out Cliff’s answers...
November Mentor Spotlight: Haseeb Qureshi- Haseeb is a Tennessee licensed attorney and technical founder with roots in music and design. He is currently an Attorney at Morehous Legal Group, where he counsels and advises numerous businesses. He is also...
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We owe everything to KEC and its staff, mentors, and community. KEC knows how to kick-start businesses, and Audiohand is living proof.

Haseeb Qureshi, CEO of Audiohand

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